5 Business Card Bonanza for Website Builders

Posted in Freebies, Inspiration, Templates4 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

One of the must-haves of a web designer (and even graphic designers and bloggers) is a business card. Call it a little bit old fashioned but business cards are still very useful. They contain the most available point of contact for the possible employee. It makes your clients realize that you are a legit artist and very good one at that.

This calls for a very good and catchy business card. In order to attract clients, you have to be clever in designing your cards. They should also reflect the trade you do and details on how to contact you.

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Why Web Developers Should Learn Web Design

Posted in Inspiration, Tips, Web Design4 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

As a web developer, you are in charge of making the website do things. You are responsible for creating interactivity on the site, which may may include jQuery and Ajax validation forms, submitting forms to database, rollovers, sliding menus or many other aspects of the site that needs programming. But how about the website’s design?

In my previous article Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler, I talked about why web designers should learn how to code and its benefits.

For this article, I encourage developers to learn proper web design process and how this will benefit them.

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Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos for Your Website

Posted in Photo Effects, Photography, Quick Tips5 months ago • Written by

It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.

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15 Bumper Stickers to Print and Peel

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Illustration, Inspiration, Patterns, Typography, Wallpapers6 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Once I saw a bumper sticker that says,

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

Bumper stickers are very good means of relieving stress in the road. It takes our minds away from the pressure of work, traffic and the seemingly endless string of daily mishaps in life. Putting them in your car somehow helps those behind you. Somehow, you’re telling them a good joke and subtly whispering, “Read and laugh with this one instead of hitting my car from behind.”

Since one of our fundamental goals is to promote world peace (or should I say, road peace), 1WD is giving you 15 bumper stickers! We hope that you have fun with them and share them by putting them on your car. You’d do a great help, swear!

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Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler

Posted in Inspiration, Tips, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 16 Comments

Is it important that web designers need to know how to code?What are the advantages of the web designer who codes?  The term “web designer” is a subjective matter. Many believe this person is responsible for doing web layouts in Photoshop while others think of him or her as the one who does the HTML markup.

In the field of web development, there are arguments and opinions whether a web designer should know how to code or this person should just focus on his/her craft by creating quality web design layouts.

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Expert Tips When Creating and Selling Fonts

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Freelance, Inspiration, Typography6 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

Fonts are essential for the feel of the website. Font developers, like you, need to be smart when creating and selling fonts. In media, where typefaces are very much used, fonts have changed in the same rate as any other web page elements, adjusting to the need and time of its use. As there are people who are able to read, fonts will continue to evolve in its styles, uses and forms.

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10 Portfolio Websites that Will Make You Say Wow

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Photography, Typography6 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

Why is it necessary to have a portfolio website? Is it a requisite for all designers? Here are 10 portfolio websites that can lead you to the answers.

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10 Easy To Understand Photoshop Tutorials on Lighting Effects

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Photo Effects, Photography, Text Effects, Typography7 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Most designers find Photoshop very versatile. Photoshop tutorials on lighting effects is highly sought after. Although mainly used in photography, this favorite software of designers bridges different kinds of needs, from typography to web design.

Not to exaggerate, Photoshop can supply all your design needs. Today, we will be highlighting a very particular need. This article is directed mainly to graphic designers and photo enthusiasts but could be a very good springboard to web designers too. With lightning effects added in your photos, you will be able to add more dynamism and professionalism in your designs. In short, it would make your awesome website more awesome. How cool is that?

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Jimmy Neutron and The Anatomy of the Atomic Design

Posted in HTML & CSS, Web Interfaces7 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

If Jimmy Neutron were real, could he become a pretty decent web designer? Of course, he would.  For starters, he knows the anatomy of the Atomic Design. He could be designing the best web pages you will ever see, and make your eyes shed blood out of extreme admiration of his designs. And you’ll probably wonder why he is that good.

Well, for one thing, Jimmy Neutron understands a fundamental yet commonly unappreciated principle in web design. He knows how to work on a very potent tool to his full advantage. Using this tool, he could easily design mock-ups and code them without difficulty.

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This World is On Fire: Best Fireworks of 2014

Posted in Inspiration, Photography7 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

It has always been a good tradition to start the new year with a bang. And when we use the words “new”, “year” and “bang” in one sentence, there is only one word that we could ever think of: Fireworks.

Fireworks, as Wikipedia puts it, are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices that are used in many purposes: aesthetic, cultural or even religious. Often displayed in festivals, New Year celebrations and cultural events, fireworks work in four effects: light, smoke, noise and floating materials. Typically, colors like red, orange, yellow, blue, green, sliver and purple are used in fireworks.

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